7th-inning walk aids Coplay
Of The Morning Call
With a combined
record of 19-2 before last night, Coplay and Limeport figure to be the class of
the Tri-County Baseball League
this summer. However, the showdown between the two teams last night at Balliet
Stadium was anything but classic.
In a game marred by
eight errors, the ending was fitting as Bill Erie picked up a bases-loaded walk
in the bottom of the seventh to give Coplay a 6-5 victory.
The win stretched
Coplay's lead to 1 1/2 games over Limeport in the Tri- County's Northern
Division. Coplay, league playoff champs a year ago, is now 11-1 while the
loss dropped Limeport to 9-2.
"I was very
surprised at the play of both teams tonight," said Coplay manager Bob
Bartholomew. "We gave them a lot of runs and they helped us out, too. It was
just one of those games. All I know is that they are a good team and they
always play us tough."
Ishky Fatzinger thought the close race between the two teams in the
standings had a lot to do with the bobbles and botched plays.
"The importance of
the game probably contributed to the bad play in the field," said Fatzinger.
"Get a big game like this and everybody's a little tight. It (the
bases-loaded walk) was a tough way to lose the ballgame. But we gave them a
lot runs, too, so we really can't complain about it."
Limeport jumped out
on top in the first inning when Dale Weiss singled, stole second and rode
home on Billy Fatzinger's triple to left. However, Coplay came back with
three runs in the bottom of the first on just one hit.
John Marushok got
things started when he reached first on catcher's interference. Randy Remaly
was then hit by a pitch and Jeff Erie walked to load the bases. Lou Falcon's
fielder's choice grounder scored one run and another run scored on a
throwing error. Billy Pugh then beat out an infield hit to score Falco to
make it 3-1.
Coplay added to the
lead in the fourth, getting two runs without any hits. Pugh walked to start
the inning and beat the throw to second on a sacrifice bunt attempt. An
error then loaded the bases and Marty Kovach's hard groundout to first
scored Pugh. Another run scored when nobody could get Remaly's dribbler down
the third base line.
Limeport battled its
way back with three runs in the sixth with some help from Coplay's defense.
A walk and an error put runners at first and third and at that point
Bartholomew removed starting pitcher Steve Weidner and brought in
hard-throwing Jim Emerick. Emerick surrendered a Bob Zeky sacrifice fly to
make it 5-2 and then with two outs and the bases loaded, Emerick appeared to
be out of the inning when he got Steve Miller to hit a short fly to right.
The ball was
dropped, however, and two runs scored to enable Limeport to pull within 5-4.
Limeport got the
equalizer in the top of the seventh when Billy Fatzinger walked, reached
second on a passed ball, moved over to third on a groundout and scored on a
clutch, two-out single to center by Zeky.
But the Limeport
celebration was short-lived as Coplay struck with two out in the seventh.
Falco reached on a walk and Jeff Snyder followed with an infield single.
Dave Lutte, who pitched a five- hitter despite the shaky defense, then
walked Pugh and Erie to force in the game-winner.
The final pitch was
quite close and Lutte, along with several Limeport teammates, disputed plate
umpire Denton Lakatosh's 'ball' call, but to no avail.
"Dave deserved a
better fate tonight, but we just didn't give him any defensive support,"
said Fatzinger, whose team's only losses of the season have been at the
hands of Coplay. "But I told our guys not to get down. We've been playing
pretty good ball so far, but we're only a third through the season and
nobody's won anything yet. We've just got to keep battling."
Meanwhile in the
other dugout, Bartholomew was hardly ready to proclaim his team as the club
"I don't want to be
cocky about our team, there are a lot of good teams around," said the Coplay
manager. "I'll just say that we're one of the best teams in the league, not
the best. We've been playing very well so far. We've been doing whatever it
takes to win.
"I waited seven
years to get a team in this league and this is our third year and I'm very
pleased with how things are going. I just hope they keep going the right way
In other games, Dan
Silverblatt pitched a two-hitter as Bethlehem Township edged Salisbury 2-1.
Tom Golden went the
distance for Salisbury, allowing six hits while fanning five and issuing no
game-winner developed when John King singled, stole second, advanced to
third on Dan Olshefski's long fly ball and scored on Mark Wargo's double.
two-hitter was marked by first and second inning hits.
*Second baseman Ron
Hack broke a 3-3 deadlock with his two-run single in Silver Creek's fourth
inning, lifting the Creekers to a 5- 3 win over visiting Old Zionsville.
John Flynn got the
win for Silver Creek with relief help from Bob Carr. Both combined on a
For the Creekers,
Tom Schmidt drove in two runs while Old Zionsville's George Henry collected
two of his team's four hits.
* Ray Ganser was the
starting and winning pitcher last night as the visiting Allentown Angels
edged North Parkland 8-7 in Tri-County League action.
The Angels (4-6)
were led by Dave Fatzinger (2-for-3) and Dave Chapman (2- for-4, RBI).
North Parkland (4-7)
rallied behind Rich Correll (2-for-2, run scored), Brett Simock (three RBI)
and Brian Bachman's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth. The hosts
scored five that inning, but the comeback bid was shortened by reliever
Keith Myers. With runners on second and third and two out, Myers struck out
Jim Kucharczuk (1- for-4).
The game went six innings
From The Morning Call --
June 12, 1986
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